Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Cobalt Persian Set
Size: Larger piece: 12" x 12", smaller piece: 7" x 8"
Inscription: Single lower lip signature
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request full condition report for details
Documentation: Comes will gallery certificate of authenticity and a complete record of provenance
The American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is best known for using innovative techniques for handblown glass. His glass practice is a departure from traditional symmetry and perfectly formed vessels. Instead, his sculptures embrace asymmetry and irregular shapes. Chihuly began his Persian series in 1986 as an experiment to search for new forms.
Chihuly uses ribbed optic molds and molten glass ringed with a linear wrap to create his characteristic repetitive patterns of the series. When blown and spun, the glass bubbles created have irregular shapes. The swirling and translucent designs allude to the ancient art of Venice and the Near and Far East. Additionally, the forms reference enchanted gardens and minarets while romanticizing notions of Orientalism.
Dale Chihuly's Cobalt Persian Set celebrates asymmetry through various tones of blues and dramatic details. The work explores form, shape, and color through poetic and experimental glasswork. It is important to note that a similar piece, a Portland Press edition, was created. However, this distinct set is considerably larger than the Portland piece. Additionally, both Persian vessels uniquely rest on a ball foot.
Chihuly's Cobalt Persian Set includes a gallery certificate of authenticity and a complete record of provenance. The work is signed with his signature on the single lower lip. Furthermore, the artwork is in very good condition overall. Please request a condition report for full details.
About Dale Chihuly:
One of the most famous contemporary glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly is best known for his monumental sculptures and installations. He is the name behind the spectacular ceiling at the Bellagio’s flower garden in Las Vegas and the creator of the Rotunda Chandelier at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Glass works of Dale Chihuly are considered some of the most desired collectibles between the decorative arts devotees today.
Despite his initial indifference towards education, Chihuly has spent a lot of time in school, obtaining both scientific and artistic degree in sculpture from prestigious graduate schools. He displayed a proclivity for interior design and craft early on, but his true passion was always in the glass. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the late 1960s and an apprentice at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice. Mastering the art of Murano glasswork, he continued the experiments with glassblowing and thus became one of the people who brought the ancient art of glassblowing back into the spotlight on an international scale.
Monumental and small-scale artwork of Dale Chihuly is present in over 200 most renowned decorative art collections today, while the artist holds twelve honorary doctorates!
The most illustrious series in his work are Cylinders and Baskets he created in the 1970s; Macchia, Venetians, and Persians from the 1980s, Niijima Floats and Chandeliers created in the 1990s; and a more recent one, Fiori from the 2000s.
For over 30 years, Dale Chihuly has been acting as an artistic director of his team of craftsmen, since he was incapacitated in two accidents, which left him blind in one eye and incapable of holding the blowing tube. This change allowed him to see the possibilities of glass work on a broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.